Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker has received as much criticism as it did praises. Delivering yet another one of his finer performances as a struggling comedian, Arthur Fleck, the Todd Phillips movie has, even before its release created fear among movie-goers that the movie might influence violence. The fear and scepticism didn’t mollify any less when Joker hit the screen on 2nd of October with people taking to social media that they had to walk of the movie for its disturbing and violent depiction.
Having been criticised for its scenes of gun violence and depiction of mental health struggles, cinema-goers were struck with another shocking aspect when Gary Glitter's soundtrack came onscreen in the pivotal and most iconic scene. Strutting down the stairs of Gotham dressed in the bright orange outfit as the Joker, Arthur can be seen dancing to convicted child sex offender Gary Glitter’s "Rock and Roll Part 2’’ who is currently serving a 16-year prison sentence prison after being found guilty of multiple sex offences in 2015.
As much as the scene is iconic in every sense, viewers cannot help but call out on the choice of song. ‘Why is no one bringing up the fact that JOKER features Gary Glitter on its soundtrack?!’’ one user question, another viewer also expressed shock for the same writing , ‘’I can’t believe they used a Gary Glitter song in the Joker movie’’
Why is no one bringing up the fact that JOKER features Gary Glitter on its soundtrack?!— Andy Lonsdale (@AndyLonsdale7) October 6, 2019
Is everyone ok with it?!
I can’t believe they used a Gary Glitter song in the Joker movie.— Michael Welch (@mycoolwelchxox) October 4, 2019
it's been bugging me all day since i saw joker, but trying to figure out the song that plays when he's dancing down the stairs...it's fucking gary glitter, jesus, what a poor choice— Tom ðŸ–¤ (@Fireflash0X) October 6, 2019
Realising that the jail-dwelling sex offender Gary Glitter was on the #Joker soundtrack was even more shocking than watching Arthur Fleck [plot spoiler goes here] and then [another plot spoiler goes here]. #JokerMovie— Chris Miller (@MrCCMiller) October 6, 2019
I enjoyed Joker, largely due to some great cinematography and an amazing performance by Joaquin Phoenix. The most surprising/disruptive moment for me, however, was to hear a blast of Rock and Roll, Part 2, by Gary Glitter.— Peter Gasston (@stopsatgreen) October 7, 2019
(For anyone unfamiliar with him: https://t.co/xUXWlLOX1G)